Monday, March 1, 2010

Receptionist Under Cover-C.J. Carmichael

Receptionist Under Cover
C.J. Carmichael
Harlequin SuperRomance, Mar 16 2010, $4.95
ISBN: 9780373716234

Fox and Fisher Detective Agency receptionist Nadine Kimble wants to become a sleuth, but has no experience or opportunity to prove to her employers she can do the job. She has received her on-line certification for a six-moth class she took. Adventurer-author Patrick O'Neil arrives without an appointment. He needs to hire a detective to find his missing son Stephen Stone, who ran away after burying his mom; but he is unaware that Nadine is not an investigator, as she poses as one.

Nadine and Patrick begin the quest to locate the offspring he only recently learned he sired. They trek through Canada following clues. As they fall in love, Nadine feels guilt and remorse for lying to the obviously worried Patrick who fears rejection.

Patrick is the key as he is insecure about relationships especially after his mom died from cancer a little over a decade ago; Stephen’s dying mom June called him selfish as did Nadine. Readers will enjoy the latest Fox and Fisher Detective Agency tale (see The P.O. Contest and Perfect Partners) as Nadine proves her worth as a sleuth in love.

Harriet Klausner

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